Three Ghanaian politicians have been implicated in the Pandora Papers, a near 12million documents exposé into the secret wealth and dealings of world leaders published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalist on Sunday, October 2.
The identities of the three are not immediately known as that United State of America base non- for profit organization is yet to publish the details of the Ghanaian politician involved in the leak described as unprecedented in the world’s history.
The three were part of 49 politicians from Africa and more than 330 politicians and public officials, 35 former and current world leaders, global line up of fugitives, con artists and murderers from 91 countries and territories said to have siphoned millions of dollars into Offshore havens.
Some of the big names mentioned by the report were the King of Jodan, Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, former United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Mr Tony Blair and his wife, Russian President, Mr Vladimir Putin, Czech Prime Minister, Mr Andrej Babis, Azerbaijani President, Ilham Aliyev and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta among many others.
“The leaked records reveal that many of the power players who could help bring an end to the offshore system instead benefit from it – stashing assets in covert companies and trusts while their governments do little to slow a global stream of illicit money that enriches criminals and impoverishes nations,” the report said.
“The secret documents expose offshore dealings of the King of Jordan, the presidents of Ukraine, Kenya and Ecuador, the prime minister of the Czech Republic and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The files also detail financial activities of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “unofficial minister of propaganda” and more than 130 billionaires from Russia, the United States, Turkey and other nations”.
Pandora Papers, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalist said contains documents and files from 14 financial services companies in countries including British Virgin Islands, Panama, Belize, Cyprus, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Switzerland and worked on by some 600 Journalists drawn from 117 countries within a period of two years.